Thursday, September 24, 2009

Spirit At Gusev Crater

Created by Doug Ellison using data from the Spirit rover and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, this fabulously detailed flyover sweeps across the Columbia Hills in the middle of a simulated dust storm, past the place where the brave little toaster is currently mired. The kind of detailed virtuality that will be as near to actually being on Mars that almost all of us will get* (more on that, soon); it can't be that long before there's a version where we can wander around the planet at will.

*unless you're Australian

Via Universe Today.


Blogger ~M said...

That's wonderful. Did you see this about the moon? We really do live in the most amazing times.

September 24, 2009 3:13 p.m.  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

Yes. Yes, we do. Wonder if a similar process is dampening asteroids...

September 25, 2009 1:49 p.m.  
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